10 things not to miss this Christmas


1. Its officially the start of Christmas when Oxford Street turns its lights on for the first time. This year, the celebrations will be held on 7 November with one million visitors (including a few celebrities) expected to attend.

2. Skate away your troubles at Somerset House. The iconic outdoor ice rink opens for the festive season on the 15 November.

3. Explore the markets at London’s very own Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. With a magical ice kingdom, ice skating, and winter markets, the attraction grows from strength to strength each year. Opening on the 17 November, it rarely disappoints.

4. Christmas at Kew begins on the 22 November with its fairy tale inspired collection illuminating their infamous flora and fauna. With laser beams, kaleidoscope projections and Santa’s village, there is something for all the family.

5. The Old Naval College and Cutty Sark are giving Hyde Park a run for its money this year with a new Greenwich Winter Time Festival. Starting on 1 December, this new ice rink and crafts market is not to be missed.

6. The Great Xmas Pudding Race is being held on 2 December in aid of Cancer Research. Watch friends and family race in fancy dress through the iconic Covent Garden.

7. The Royal Ballet will be performing The Nutcracker from 5 December. Book this classic ballet before tickets sell out.

8. Was Cinderella a Londoner? Matthew Bourne thinks so with this unusual production of modern day Cinderella starting on 9 December at Sadlers Wells.

9. For a that traditional Christmas feeling in amongst all the festivities, look no further than St Paul’s, St Martins in the Fields or Southwark Cathedral. Each offer unique services to remember the true meaning of Christmas.

10. London’s coldest race takes place on Christmas day in the Serpentine River. Watch participants brave the weather to win the ultimate Neverland title.


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